THE Goffs Punchestown Sale takes place after racing next Thursday and will be limited to approximately 24 lots.

Nine horses have been accepted so far including five four-year-old winners, an eye-catching five-year-old and a listed bumper winner. The full catalogue will be released on Monday afternoon.

Horses will be vetted on Wednesday morning in Goffs and will be available for inspection there on Thursday morning before moving to Punchestown for further inspections during the afternoon.

In addition to the high-class racing prospects, there will be a special addition, closely associated with the Punchestown Sale’s most celebrated graduate Honeysuckle.

ChildVision, the specialist therapy and education centre for children with visual impairment, announced that a much-needed new indoor equine therapeutic centre, named in memory of Jack de Bromhead, will be built this year as a result of generous donations from a group of family and friends of the de Bromhead family (see page 11).

The new indoor facility at the ChildVision campus will give children who are blind, multi-disabled and neurodiverse access to the best global equine activities in a supportive and purpose designed environment and will allow the ChildVision equine team and volunteers to extend their services to reach more children over more hours making a life-changing difference, especially through the winter months and in bad weather conditions.

To assist with this project, Kenny Alexander, owner of Honeysuckle, has donated the racing silks, signed by Rachael Blackmore, Henry de Bromhead and Kenny Alexander, that Blackmore wore in all of Honeysuckle’s major races, including the mare’s Cheltenham Festival victories and nine Irish Grade 1 wins.